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Gayle - 2010-06-06
I googled Jenday to see a pic because we just lost our Jenday yesterday and I miss him already. I had read many times, DO NOT PUT YOUR BIRD IN YOUR BED! We didn't listen and he died under the covers snuggling with my daughter. Please do not make the mistake we did yesterday and many other days. We have a VERY sad family. We loved our bird and will get another when our hearts have healed a bit.

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  • Kathy Jackson - 2010-06-17
    So Sorry to hear that, I have a Jenday that I rescue and needs I good
    home. He is 1 year and 4months. When your ready let me know.
  • Kathleen Jackson - 2010-06-18
    Looking for a good home, He is 1year old and 4months. His name is (jenday)
    skeeter. I really love him but I work all day and I live with my Mom and
    she is 85 year old and does not like the screaming. Which he only does
    because he`s on the porch alone, He`s not like that with me. Anyway
    if you know of anyone. I know you lost your sweetie and it sounds like you
    would give him a good home.
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birdbrain - 2010-04-16
I had a green budgie, but sadly, 2 days ago, my dog got a hold of it and killed it. :'( I have been trying to decide what bird to get next, and am deciding between:
1) A lovebird
2) A conure
3) Cockatoo
4) Green cheek parakeet or
5) Anything else you can think of!!! Your comments are greatly appreciated! Thx

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  • Ashleigh - 2010-05-28
    Hi Birdbrain, this is my first reply to a question, so I hope it helps! If the parakeet (budgie) was your very first or only bird, then I would definitely not go with a cockatoo unless you do the research. They're EXTREMELY loud, destructive, expensive, and high maintenance *(sp)* compared to a parakeet. I've had lovebirds in the past, and they can be loud themselves, but definitely a better choice over the cockatoo. If I were you, I'd go with a cockatiel or a conure (they can be loud too, as all birds can, but I'm not sure of your living situation) Cockatiels are one of my favorites, I own 6. They can be quite personal at times, while still in the lower price range, less screaming, and come in tons of different colors. I have a green cheek and it's pretty rotten. I've never been able to bond with him, and have read that a lot of people have a hard time with this as well. My most recent purchase was a Jenday conure, which is why I"m on this site, and I absolutely adore him. Very snuggly and personal, not very loud (yet) and a decent price (I went to a bird fair) My e-mail is ashleighwolf08@gmail.com in case you have any other questions, I love to talk bird! lol I hope your new bird does well!
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boo boo - 2008-09-14
Last spring, we adopted a red-masked conure that plucks its entire body bare of feathers except his head and neck, leaving only the contour feathers on wing and tail. Fred is slightly bigger than a sun or jenday, but less noisy and far less shrill. It is more noisy and slightly smaller than a "Queen of Bavaria".

We were amazed when we determined from its leg band that it was imported at least 15 years ago, since it is otherwise quite active and healthy. It has a HUGE personality. The bird says "hello," "What's for dinner?," "We have a problem" and "Come Back Here" fairly clearly in appropriate contexts. It also mimics our squeaky patio door and dances to a good musical beat. Our nephew started calling it "bobble head" after he saw it dancing one day. Though we have not determined its gender we call it "Fred".

At first Fred tried to bite us every chance it got, so we had to clip its wings to prevent being attacked. Happily, Fred is becoming a little more trusting and trustworthy every day. The bird is still a little bit psycho about defending the cage territory, and it doesn't want to be touched, but it will now will step up and ride on sticks and shoulders. Fred is ecstatic about bathing in his deep basin; our daughter swears that the bird swims.

Fred is intelligent, quite engaging and always entertaining. It loves to eat mashed potatoes and drink orange juice. Regarding its feather-plucking, I have come to believe that the bird is either making a fashion statement, or is just too warm in the house with its feathers on. My evidence is that it likes to have a few ice cubes in its bath as well as in the water dish. Sometimes it just chews on the ice.





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  • Toni Zepeda - 2010-05-25
    Have you considered he might have might or a skin condition? there are a number of good safe mite sprays on the market. My husbands cockatiel female was doing her neck and back that way and I sprayed her twice as well as her cage and she stopped and has grown back her feathers.
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D. LONG - 2010-05-10
How can you tell the gender?

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Jeanny - 2010-04-12
I love conures, and I have a special love for Duskys! My very first conure was a Dusky, named Weicho, and I had him for about 5 years. He has lived with a friend of mine previously, before she gave him to me. Wiecho was the most intelligent bird I ever met, following me up and down stairs and breaking out of his cage. Unfortunately, Wiecho passed away due to old age, and I have missed him severely. Now, I have a new Green Cheek Conure named Lexis, and I'm hoping I am able to train her as well as Wiecho.
Wiecho a.k.a. Paulie ~ R.I.P.

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Jeanny - 2010-04-12
I just recently bought a five-month old Fancy Green Cheek Conure I have named Lexis. Immediately she bonded with me and I'm trying to train her more advanced tricks such as lying on her back. She is VERY intelligent and knows "step up" and "step down". She loves being stroked on her head. I feel more confident handling her because of my experiences with my old Dusky-Headed Conure, Wiecho. I just love birds, especially conures!

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Tieheshia - 2010-04-10
Hello, I just brought a jenday conure about a good 2 weeks ago, his name is shawn, and he is 4 months old, I really don't know if it's a boy or a girl, but I figure that can still be a name for both genders. He loves to give kisses, and loves attention. I have three children, that are all under the age of 13yrs, and he loves them, as well as me. He knows how to say (at) when he doesn't want no one to touch him, loves to eat our hair, or pick from it, and he thinks he's grown, like he is older then what he really is. We love him......

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  • barbara - 2010-04-20
    But how loud is your new bird I mean is it bothersome?
  • Mary Green - 2010-04-20
    HI there, if you have this bird the way you can tell if it is a girl they are little bit bigger then males and another way if it is a boy then on the back of the Conure's bottom put your finger on the back of the bird. Then gently rub the back of the bird, if the bones are closer together that means you have a boy, a girl birds are open more than males! That's how you can tell if you have a boy or girl! :)
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Carol Ann - 2010-04-07
We got Oshi (white eyed ) a ladyfriend....Cocoa Bean(Nanday conure)...they love each other a lot...cuddle and preen...can they cross breed? Wonder what the baby would look like....

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Anonymous - 2010-04-01
It is not true that these birds are available to people who live in Mexico. It is illegal to purchase them since most of the birds are captured from the wild, not cared for and just sold for a couple bucks. They are lovely creatures and amazing pets, however, if you are considering getting one, make sure it's from a breeder! Leave the wild alone!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-05
    Availability of birds today (at least in the United States) is from captive bred stock. From what you say, it sounds like Mexico has banned ownership of these birds.

    I assume you mean wild-caught birds. As stated below, "Legislation in most Neotropical countries criminalises trade but not the ownership of wild birds". Yet it is difficult to locate many bird breeders in Mexico via the internet. I was only able to find a handful, and the types of birds are quite diverse.

    Regarding legality and status:

    The Half-Moon Conure Aratinga canicularis is listed on the IUNC Red List of Endangered Species as LC = Least Concern. The main threats to Neotropical parrot species are habitat loss, hunting, and the live bird trade.

    Regarding trade:

    A report published in January 2007 presents a clear picture of the wild-caught parrot trade in Mexico, stating: "The majority of parrots captured in Mexico stay in the country for the domestic trade. A small percentage of this capture, 4% to 14%, is smuggled into the USA."
    (Juan Carlos Cantú Guzmán, Director of Programs, Defenders of Wildlife México "The Illegal Parrot Trade in Mexico: A Comprehensive Assessment". Published in 2007)

    Another report states: "Indeed, even though most countries ban trade in wild birds, it is still possible to see wild parrots being sold in markets, along rural roads, and even in pet shops. Legislation in most Neotropical countries criminalises trade but not the ownership of wild birds. As a result, enforcement is usually negligible or erratic..." (IUCN's "Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004")
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anna - 2010-03-31
Hi I just got a conure, he has an orange mask and a green body with a blue tail. He seems to be taking to everyone else but me. He is also grinding the bottom of his beak against the top. What does that mean?

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